Frei Betto, born in 1944, is a Brazilian writer, political activist, liberation theologian and Dominican Friar. He was imprisoned for four years in the 1970s by the military dictatorship for smuggling people out of Brazil. He is still involved in Brazilian politics, and worked for the government of President Lula da Silva as an advisor on prison policy and child hunger. His books have been translated into 23 languages. Hotel Brasil is his first crime novel.